Qigong Instructor Course Information
Thank you for enquiring about the Shibashi Training Academy Qigong Instructor course, for relaxation and well-being.
We are pleased to provide you with information about the course and how to book your place.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspects of the course before booking, either by email or by phone. We want to ensure that you understand the nature of the course and if it is right for you.
Debbie & Mark Gannon
Detailed practical exploration of a 18 Qigong movement set
Introduction to Posture, Body Alignment & Stance Structure
Learning to harmonise the breath, body and mind
Introduction to Qi Energy in relation to Qigong
Exploration of the essence of Qigong as moving meditation
How to deliver and lead effective sessions
Essentials such as insurance & developing your own sessions
Comprehensive course materials including, training manual & video
One to one private, on-line, tuition & support between course days
You do not need to have any previous experience of Qigong to attend this intensive course, only a passion to learn and a willingness to work hard and to practice.
There is no pre-course work.
You should be reasonably fit
You should have a good understanding of the English language, both written and spoken as this is the language the course will be taught in.
If you have any special needs please contact us before booking on this course
The course is run over 6 days, usually spread over 3 non-consecutive weekends,
in Hinckley, Leicestershire. There is also post course ‘case study’ work.
On successful completion of the course you will become a qualified Session Leader of an 18 movement Qigong set, based on the Shibashi Qigong Set 1, which is the basis for a 45 minute to 1 hour session.
This is an intensive course which requires a great deal of commitment to practicing the movements every day, not only on the 6 course days themselves but also during the intervening days and weeks. Video support material is provided.
The foundation and essence of each movement will be explored during the six days. Practical and theory sessions will cover body alignment, stances, breathing techniques, energy, an introduction to Eastern Medicine relating to Qigong, instructing theory, instructor practice and the setting up and running of your own sessions.
This course does not cover the 'martial' or self-defence aspect of Tai Chi Qigong, and concentrates only on the health and relaxation benefits.
Student numbers will be restricted to enable the teaching to be tailored to individual needs. There will be between 6-8 learners on each course.
Completion of the course does not automatically guarantee an instructor certificate. 100% attendance is required. You will need to display an understanding of the Qigong movements and be able to lead a session with reasonable confidence, but be assured that you will have our full support in overcoming any difficulties you may have.
On successful completion of the course you will be issued with a Foundation Session Leader, instructor certificate, valid for 6 months, which will allow you to obtain insurance cover to start your own class or sessions. A higher level certificate will be issued after the successful completion of post course case study work.
To maintain standards, and to support you as an instructor, you will be required to attend one of our Instructor, Continuing Professional Development, workshops/courses,every 2 years for recertification. Your Shibashi Training Academy Instructor certificate will be re-issued bi-annually.
There are no formal written examinations. Certification as an instructor will be based on continuous assessment throughout the course, using both practical and written exercises, which will enable both you and us to monitor your progress and understanding. During the last 2 course days there will be a short written exercise and practical exercises where you will be asked to deliver a short set of the Qigong movements. These exercises form part of the assessment protocol.
IMPORTANT: If you are not able to attend all 6 days of the course, it will not be possible for the continuous assessment process to be carried out. It is therefore essential that you attend every day.
If, through illness or other causes, you miss one or more days and still wish to complete the course, we will do our best to provide an opportunity for you to receive the training, and assessment, that you missed. This will be on a case by case basis. It will not normally be possible for you to join a later course as an additional member due to the limitation on learner numbers. We will therefore provide training days/weekends to enable you to complete the course. The frequency and duration of these events will depend on demand and on the individual needs of learners. There will be a charge for attending these events. It may also be possible to arrange extra sessions with the tutor, on a one to one basis, depending on your needs. There will be a charge for attending such sessions.
What if I am ‘referred’ at the end of the course?
Experience has shown us that learners who apply themselves wholeheartedly on the 6 days of the course and who practice as required during the periods in between course days very rarely fail to achieve an instructor certificate.
If you do not achieve some or all of the assessment criteria and receive a ‘referral’ assessment decision, you will be given feedback and an action plan to enable you to prepare to be re-assessed. The tutor and/or assessor will provide you with support and individual guidance towards being reassessed in the areas required to achieve a certificate. In most cases, there will be a specific time frame within which you must be re-assessed and there will be a fee to pay.
Dates & Times
The courses start at 10am and aim to finish around 5pm. Please arrive at 9.45am.
The dates of the courses and the availability of places can be found on our website. We usually run 3 courses each year, Winter-Jan/Feb, Summer-July/Aug & Autumn Oct/Nov.
The Shibashi Training Academy, 3 The Horsefair, Hinckley, LE10 OAN
There are ‘pay and display’ car parks within a short walking distance. Please look for ‘Long Stay’ car parks.
Rail: Hinckley train station is 15/20 minutes’ walk from the venue
Bus: Hinckley bus station is 5 minutes’ walk from the venue
There are several hotels within 3 miles of the academy.
Food & Drink
Tea, coffee, infusion teas, biscuits and fruit will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch but there are sandwich shops and hot food outlets within 5 minutes walking distance. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you have special dietary requirements. Please let us know if you have any serious food allergies.
What do you need to bring
The course notes offer ample room for you to add additional information but you may wish to bring a note book, pen and pencil. Wear comfortable clothing. We have a ‘no outdoor shoes’ policy in the studio so please bring socks or clean indoor shoes.
You must practice the whole 18 movement Qigong set every day between course dates. You will also be asked to provide reflections on a minimum of 6 sessions as post course work.
Booking your place
The course is £695. Your place is secured by payment of a £100 non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance of £595 is due in full or by instalments 30 days before the course start date. If you book within 30 days of the course then the full balance of £695 is payable immediately.
You can pay by 4 methods:
1. Bank transfer: Account D Gannon, sort code 60.11.06, account number 16126645
2. Cheque, payable to Debbie Gannon, in person or posted to:
The Shibashi Training Academy, 3 The Horsefair, Hinckley, Leics, LE10 0AN
3. By PayPal. Our payment page can be found on the web site:
4. Directly via PayPal to: